Graduate Taught Programmes


The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy offers a wide and multi-disciplinary range of taught graduate programmes suited to recent graduates and professionals alike.

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This two year programme fulfils the requirements for the second part of professional education in architecture (RIBA and RIAI Part II exempt). It equips students to deal with complex design problems in challenging contexts. Through studio projects, academic writing and practical experiment it develops professional capacities while placing equal emphasis on research and critical enquiry. It situates architecture within a broader field of disciplines and influences. The programme is led by academics and practitioners at the forefront of the discipline. It encourages students to participate in and lead the development of a vital and critical culture of architecture.


This programme is an entry route for applicants who do not have the BSc (Architectural Science) degree from UCD or an equivalent degree to fulfil the direct entry criteria for the Master of Architecture Degree Programme (MArch). The MArch Pathway programme provides an entry route for applicants who wish to pursue a career in the field of Architecture. To enter the MArch Pathway programme, suitable applicants will be required to go through an interview process and to submit a portfolio to demonstrate their interest in the field of Architecture. Following the outcome of the interview process, the applicant will agree to undertake an individual curriculum of up to 90 credits from the existing modules of the BSc in Architectural Science (BHARCH001) degree. These modules will be determined by Negotiated Learning Agreement with the School on an individual basis. Students must successfully complete all required modules to be eligible to progress onto the Master of Architecture Degree Programme (MArch).


The close relationship between people and society, buildings and the city is central to understanding their dynamic, evolving and inter-dependent relationship and their impact on the wider environment. The Masters of Architectural Science in Sustainable Building Design and Performance (SBDP) considers the many interfaces and exchanges that inform energy and environmental design and direct its performance. The programme will employ critical analysis of built precedents, measurement and simulation, application & testing, environmental potential and architectural expression to inform design and test performance.

The programme is a 12 month taught masters and part of an integrated programme of masters education in the UCD School of Architecture. It is rooted in the proven research strengths of the School, namely Sustainable Building Design & Performance, Conservation & Heritage and Urban Design not to mention Architecture. It provides the student with expert and specialised training as part of an interdisciplinary environment.

The programme is delivered by the UCD School of Architecture and supported by the UCD Energy Research Group and the UCD Earth Institute Built Environment Laboratory.


The conservation of the built environment and sustainable building performance are both closely tied to the design of the urban environment, influencing both contemporary urban design practice and emerging theories on the subject. The development of the knowledge and skills to operate appropriately within such a complex field, whether within design practice or a legislative role, demands acknowledgement of these related practices. The Masters of Architectural Science (Urban Design) is intended to draw on these relationships to provide students with a solid base in contemporary urban design theory, knowledge of current practice and a robust set of practical urban design skills.

The Masters of Architectural Science (Urban Design) provides the opportunity to work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment, within which students will acquire advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the urban design as well as practical knowledge through field trips, case studies and design-based studio work relevant to current debates and challenges both in Ireland and globally. The programme is a 12 month taught masters and is part of an integrated programme of Masters education in the UCD School of Architecture, which is rooted in the proven research strengths of the School, namely Sustainable Building Design & Performance, Conservation & Heritage, and Urban Design. It provides the student with expert and specialised training as part of a wider and interdisciplinary environment.


The Professional Diploma (Architecture) is the final professional examination for architectural graduates leading to entry to the Register for Architects in Ireland. The programme is offered on a part-time flexible basis over two semesters, at the time that an architectural graduate is undertaking minimum 2 years professional practical experience under supervision. Graduates arrange their own placements in architectural practice, which may be in Ireland or abroad, and the programme is structured to provide a context and support to graduates during their professional training.

The programme is delivered by UCD academic staff, practicing architects and other professionals with expertise in critical subject areas. Since 2013, the programme is also available online. The course is flexible and assessments are available in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

The focus of the Professional Diploma is to ensure that the course is current, relevant and useful to architectural graduates beginning their professional careers.  This means equipping graduates with an understanding of the ethical and professional obligations arising in practice, within the context of their own personal careers and the broader construction industry. Preparing for independent practice as a professional requires a graduate to develop key skills in research, critical analysis, objectivity and communication. In order to achieve this a graduate must become fully conversant in industry-specific practices, procedures and statutory requirements.

The Professional Diploma (Architecture) is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) as Registration Body (Ireland) and Competent Authority (European Union) for direct admission to the ‘Register for Architects’ in Ireland.

Applications for 2018/19 are currently open online. 

Join the Mailing List for information about the Professional Diploma (Architecture) 2018-19 at:


Course Administrator- Michelle Murray,

Tel (01) 716 2761 (Mondays- Wednesdays).

Each year the School offers a range of Continuing Professional Development courses. They range from lectures to workshops to full academic modules qualifying for recognised CPD points.

The UCD Professional Practice lecture programme and online programme are also available as CPD and applications will be accepted in July and August. The lecture programme for 2018 is available as lectures in Semester 1 and  also available online on a flexible basis in Semester 1 or Semester 2. 

Architectural Practice: Mondays 3, 10, 17 and 24 September (11:00am-5:30pm)

Construction Legislation: Mondays 1, 8, 15 and 22 October (11:00am-5:30pm)

Procurement & Contracts: Mondays 5, 12, 19 and 26 November (11:00am-5:30pm)

Bookings for the Architecture- Professional Practice CPD 2018 programme are now open and payment must be made before the start of each session. As a CPD student you can attend lectures and/ or follow the course online through lecture notes, reference material and podcasts, which will be available in the 10 days following the session. This CPD programme is suitable for architects and other construction professionals and practitioners who are interested in Continuing Professional Development for career development, up-skilling or as a refresher course.  The lectures are delivered by a range of academics and practitioners in specialist areas across the range of areas relevant to practice, procurement and construction in Ireland. 
Note: Assessments are not included in the CPD course, applicants who to intend to register for UCD assessments/ academic awards should contact the School directly.
You can access our Booking Centre here. Bookings are now open and early booking is advisable as places are limited
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To enquire about CPD programmes please email  or tel (01) 716 2761 (Monday- Wednesday).

Upcoming CPD events in UCD Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy will be posted here.


Landscape Architecture


In response to global socio-economic and climate change issues the landscape is gradually being recognized as the sole supplier of food, energy and habitat responsible for our quality of life. An understanding of the land as a finite reserve with a certain potential for adaptation is emerging.

Ireland identifies with its landscapes that trace a thousand years of settlement and the changing agricultural practices that helped shape them. In Ireland, as elsewhere, the landscape was a place of slow change and adaptation, but recent large-scale and largely unplanned transformation of town and countryside polarized opinion about Ireland’s vision of its town and countryside. Meanwhile, across Europe, and globally, concerns about dramatic and widespread climate and landscape change have led to growing interest in the uses and meanings of landscapes, in the social and environmental consequences of extensive urbanization and in questions of future food, land and energy security and governance.

Global challenges will increasingly include sustainable energy and food production, management of landscape and communications infrastructures and the invention of systemic ways to improve and protect our built and natural environment.


The Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a taught, two-year, full-time, professionally recognized graduate programme that builds on competencies gained in undergraduate level Landscape Architecture programmes in Ireland and abroad. The MLA is for students wishing to gain a higher professional qualification.




Urban design lies at the interface of architecture and urban planning, with both disciplines contributing complementary but contrasting approaches to urban design theory and practice. This Masters programme is focused on the role of urban design in the context of urban planning, and is delivered with an emphasis on the distinct methodologies, professional perspectives and pedagogies of that discipline.

It provides specialist knowledge and skills in: urban design theory; urban conservation; risk, resilience and sustainability; as well as social science research methods applied to the built environment. The programme will enable graduates to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to create better places through urban design. Students will also have the opportunity to draw upon the School’s specialist research and teaching in environmental policy, to place urban design centre-stage in tackling wider environmental risks.

While the programme will be of interest primarily to students from a planning background, it will also appeal to graduates from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds wishing to specialise in urban design and planning, including those with qualifications in geography, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, engineering, property economics, surveying, politics, social science, and law.


The Master of Regional and Urban Planning (MRUP) is a two-year professional planning degree, which will provide you with the first steps to becoming a professional chartered planner. The MRUP offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and values fundamental to a career in planning and skills and knowledge which are transferrable to other careers. Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to Planning are preferred. The programme is also suitable for those with a professional background in a field related to Planning who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.

If you have already completed a three year undergraduate degree in spatial planning you should refer to our one year planning programmes the MRUP (Accelerated) programme, the MSc in Urban Design and Planning and the MSc in Environmental Policy.


Environmental Policy


Societies and governments across the globe are faced with increasingly complex environmental challenges, from climate change to local environmental quality in our cities and regions. Within this context, there is a growing demand for graduates with a capacity to develop environmental policy choices, to analyse them critically and to provide guidance in policy implementation.

The aim of the MSc in Environmental Policy is to provide students with the professional knowledge, skills and tools to equip them for a career in the environmental field while contributing to a more sustainable and resilient future. The MSc provides both introductory and specialised modules in Environmental Policy, and as such we welcome applicants from a diverse range of academic backgrounds including social sciences and arts, environmental sciences, law and business studies, and engineering.